Greenhouse is a Development Program for Documentary Filmmakers from the Middle East and North Africa


Greenhouse is a groundbreaking initiative positioned at the intersection of media, social change and peace-building.

The program nurtures a diverse and sustainable community of young documentary filmmakers from across the MENA, helping them develop the necessary skills to create powerful films that advance a more just, democratic and peaceful region.

For the past 12 years, Greenhouse, a leading and prestigious documentary film program, has been sustaining its critical role as a meeting point for regional filmmakers, creating a community of documentary filmmakers that are committed to dialogue and reconciliation. As a result, the program has been supporting and promoting cultural exchanges between the participating countries, by underlining both common values and inherent cultural diversity. 



Greenhouse's participants benefit from the prestige, professional ties and high profile of the program, which enable them to have easier access to the international documentary market and greater chances in exposing their films. Greenhouse's participants and graduates have many opportunities to meet with key industry players on an international level and gain development and subsequently production grants for their films, from the most prestigious film funds in the world, such as The Sundance Documentary Fund, Tribeca Film Institute, Chicken & Egg (for Women filmmakers), IDFA Bertha Foundation, Al-Jazeera, Arte-ZDF, PBS and others.


Greenhouse is a documentary development hub and a regional community of filmmakers. The groundbreaking program is positioned at the intersection of media, social change and peace-building and aims to nurture the next generation of documentary filmmakers from across the Middle East and North Africa. Greenhouse films are screened world-wide at the most prestigious venues and offer international audiences an inside look at what really goes on in the region. We invite you to join our ever-growing community of filmmakers, apply with your film projects, or support the program's activities to help our filmmakers create powerful documentaries and serve as social agents in the MENA region.







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